New Stop Stigma Website

01/15/2008
Redesigned Web Site Helps Users Find More Than 600 Resources Devoted to Countering Mental Health Stigma

SAMHSA's redesigned Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness debuts online today with a new library of more than 600 resources. The improved ADS Center Web site at www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov features information and advice to help individuals and organizations counter discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.

The centerpiece of the redesigned Web site is a still growing online library of research articles, brochures, fact sheets, toolkits and other resource items. Content is now organized by both topic and audience to help users quickly navigate to items that meet their needs.

Materials and playback information for more than 25 teleconference training events are archived on the site, and an interactive map showcases programs around the country that aim to reduce discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.

The SAMHSA ADS Center Web site supports SAMHSA's National Anti-Stigma Campaign, which was developed in collaboration with the Ad Council and launched in December 2006. The "What a Difference a Friend Makes" campaign aims to encourage, educate, and inspire people between the ages of 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems.  The ADS Center has conducted teleconference training events and provided online materials designed specifically for people working on campaign-related activities. The ADS Center Web site also is home to materials for campaign grant applicants and helps individuals and groups to connect with the campaign.

Since its original launch in 2003, the ADS Center Web site has offered materials, information and resources to help individuals and organizations counter discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness. The ADS Center Web site will continue to include:  

· Information on upcoming training teleconferences that are free of charge and open to the public.

· Descriptions of effective campaigns and programs working in communities across the country and around the world.

· Resources that meet the needs of specific audiences such as consumers, health care providers, older adults, faith leaders, policymakers and the media.

For more information, visit the redesigned ADS Center Web site at www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services delivery systems.

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